Canada and America: Sharing feelings

A few blocks from where I live, this flag flies on a neighbour’s house.

Canada flag with stars and strips on the red sections

I saw it for the first time a few weeks ago, and I my instinctive reaction to it surprised me. For the first time in my life, the stars and stripes made me feel uneasy. 

The United States has been many things to me—fun, powerful, demonstrative, advanced, swaggering, egalitarian, right-seeking, loud, over-the-top, and occasionally a little insensitive—and it has made me smile, scowl, throw my fist in the air, cringe, celebrate or roll my eyes, but it has never made me uneasy. 

But the sight of our Canada flag combined with that of United States right now does not sit well. It is definitely not a “great again” feeling.

Especially when another flag that flies right behind that first one would not be welcome in many parts of that country.

Rainbow flag behind the Canada flag with stars and stripes

America, I’m worried about you, is all. I’m worried because that flag really does represent the truth of our situation. No matter how we feel about it, we are interwoven with you. The fates of our two countries are so tied together that we Canadians really need you and want you to succeed. Your place in the world is such that your actions have global impact, and we need you and want you to keep moving forward, upward, outward.

What’s happening now feels like the opposite: backward, downward, inward, like a balloon that has developed a slow leak.

I guess what I’m saying is, in the words of one of our Canadian icons, Red Green: “Remember, I’m pulling for ya. We’re all in this together!”

About Arlene Somerton Smith

Writer, laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

Posted on July 17, 2018, in Arlene Smith, Arlene Somerton Smith, Inspiration, Living life to the fullest, taking care of our planet and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Phyllis Bohonis

    Well said, Arlene.

  2. I believe both countries are BIG enough to absorb this current brouhaha. When I heard about our president’s remarks about your country, I along with many others, cringed.

    Here’s to colorful flags flying . . . and yes, we are all in this together! By the way, I shared the video with my husband, who practices what this guy preaches – hahahaha!

  3. I agree with you Arlene. I spent time over the past few days with American friends who are ashamed of what is going on and seriously thinking about moving to Canada.

  4. I know what you’re saying – I had that problem seeing our flags and buntins fly on the 4th of July – pride nearly gone, fear mounting because our government is non-functioning and displaying no wisdom, just selfishness.

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